By Melody Chia-Wen Lu, Yang Wen-shan

Regardless of energetic scholarly curiosity within the phenomenon of cross-border marriage migration among Southeast and East Asia—a majority of which marriages are among males from wealthier areas and girls from areas which are much less economically developed—we comprehend little or no approximately who those ladies are and why they decide to marry and migrate. This quantity offers an summary of the demographic styles and social concerns relating to cross-border marriage some time past 20 years, in addition to case experiences that think of the dwelling reports and techniques of cross-border households within the host societies, sending groups, and transnational networks of countries like Japan, South, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

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3 Causes of marriage squeeze What was the cause for the marriage squeeze that was presumably the main reason for the growth in cross-border marriages in Japan? Unlike other regions of East Asia, Japan has not experienced sex-selective induced abortion of female children in its fertility transition. This could be partially because in the 1950s, when the fertility transition happened in Japan, methods for identifying the sex of an unborn fetus had not yet been well developed. But even after such methods were available, an imbalance in the sex ratio at birth did not occur in Japan.

1 Marriage migration vs. other channels Proposition 1 Placing marriage-linked migration in relation to other immigration channels to a particular destination would help us to understand the motivations and the constraints for women to migrate. For women seeking migration to better their life chances, to migrate as wives or as workers might involve a process of considering what constitutes a better option. Such decision-making often has a lot to do with cultural images of wives and workers. For example, in Japan, many Filipina women who migrated to work as entertainers are often stigmatized as prostitutes or sex workers of all kinds (Tyner 1996).

Tw/w3/ stat). doc). 8 In Hsia’s research, an interviewed Indonesian woman’s story can illustrate such a dilemma. Before she married her Taiwanese husband, she used to work in Singapore as a domestic worker. When she planned to renew the contract to continue her career as a foreign worker, her family, worrying about her delay in getting married, arranged for her to marry a Taiwanese man via introduction of her neighbors. She said: ‘I wasn’t planning to get married and only wanted to save money to go home to have a small business of my own.

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